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LET’S TALK GARDENING – Succession Vegetable Gardening

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SUCCESSION VEGETABLE GARDENING IS PLANTING A SECOND CROP OF VEGETABLES I love to write about trends in gardening that more and more people are attempting. This is a good one. Succession Vegetable Gardening is something that more people are learning to do here in Central Virginia in order to grow more produce for a longer…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Let Fireflies Light Up Your Life

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

One of the things I enjoy most in my wildlife-friendly yard is watching the fireflies. What kid hasn’t run around their back yard at dusk chasing fireflies? When I was a kid, I remember summer evenings at my grandparents’ house. My grandparents, my parents, sometimes my favorite aunt and uncle, all sat on the front…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Slug Away!

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HOSTAS AND SLUGS / A GARDENERS’ NIGHTMARE Gardeners love their hosta plants but hate all the predators that love to feast on these beauties. With this specific blog, I am referring to slugs and not deer. Slugs love to live under hosta plants mainly because hostas grow in our shady gardens, which tend to stay…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Common Veggie Plant Pests

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It is midsummer and insects are out, setting their sights for your garden. Here’s what you need to know. As much as I love my vegetable garden, there are nasty little pests who like it just as much. Here is a list of some of the more common vegetable pests and some suggestions as to…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Summer Lawn Care

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SUMMER IS THE MOST STRESSFUL SEASON OF THE YEAR FOR LAWNS Are you happy with the way your lawn looks right now? I am concentrating this blog on lawn care to our cool-season fescue lawns, which most of us have rather than the warm season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia. The month of July…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Nothing Says Summer Like Zucchini

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Zucchini—is anything more quintessentially summer? But here are some tidbits you might not know: Zucchini Tidbits The ancestors of zucchini, like all squash, are native to the Americas. They were brought to Europe in the 1600s, but the Italians are credited with actually breeding them. The word comes from the Italian word for squash—“zucca”. They…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – July Gardening Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HERE IS A SHORTLIST OF GARDENING CHORES THAT NEED TO BE DONE IN JULY Before I get started I like to do a re-cap for June. Early in June, we remained warm and dry. Then in mid-June, some of us got A LOT of rain that we needed badly. This heavy rainfall put us over…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why We Should Celebrate National Blueberry Month

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

In July of 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaimed July National Blueberry Month. So here are a few interesting tidbits about these delicious berries. Blueberries belong to the family Ericales. This makes them related to cranberries, Brazil nuts, persimmons, camellias, azaleas, and rhododendron! The silvery/whitish film found on blueberries is called a “bloom.” This is…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Dog Days of Summer

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

What a difference a year can make. Last year we experienced above-average rainfall for the month and below-average temperatures for July. But not this year! Here we are in the last week of July and we are experiencing a hot and dry July. So, why do we refer to this time of year as the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What Can Go Wrong With the Fruit on Your Tomatoes and How to Fix It

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve had so many customers come in recently with tomatoes in their hands because they have a problem with the fruit. If you’re growing tomatoes, here is a list of what you may find, the cause, and how to mitigate the problem. Blossom End Rot Blossom end rot is water-soaked lesions at the bottom of…

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